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Volume 2, Issue 99                                                                      December 11, 2017



Police Files

Urban Decay VP accused of laundering $1 million

The vice president of finance for Newport Beach-based Urban Decay, Ranjeet Reddy Paladugu, 40, Irvine, was charged last week with grand theft and money laundering for transferring over $1 million from the company to his personal accounts through fictitious businesses.

Prior to July 17, 2017, Paladugu is accused of creating fictitious business accounts at various banks with names similar to those of Urban Decay’s business partners to avoid detection.

On July 17, 2017, Paladugu is accused of using his position at the company to authorize a $598,500 transfer from Urban Decay to one of his fictitious business accounts, then transferring the funds to his personal bank account.

On Aug. 18, 2017, Paladugu is accused of authorizing a second $598,500 transaction from Urban Decay to a different fictitious company he created. Weeks later, Paladugu is accused of canceling the second transaction and wiring the money back to the Urban Decay account.

A bank noticed the suspicious activity and alerted Urban Decay corporate security, who contacted the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD). NBPD investigated this case and arrested Paladugu on Dec. 5, 2017.

Paladugu is charged with the following two felony counts of grand theft and money laundering. Sentencing enhancements include an aggravated white-collar crime over $500,000 and property loss over $200,000. He faces 13 years and four months in state prison.

His arraignment was continued to Dec. 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m., Department H-7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

His bail bas been set at $1.197 million.

American Junkie manager charged with furnishing drugs to patrons, one man died

Sean Robert McLaughlin, 43, Aliso Viejo, the former security manager of American Junkie bar and nightclub in Newport Beach was charged Friday, Dec. 8 with furnishing drugs to club patrons, causing multiple overdoses.

On Sept. 18, 2016, the McLaughlin is accused of holding a woman against her will inside his office at the nightclub and supplying her with ecstasy.

 Prior to Nov. 18, 2016, the defendant is further accused of furnishing cocaine laced with fentanyl to four club patrons. At approximately 1:05 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2016, the Newport Beach Fire Department and Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) responded to a call for medical aid for multiple victims at a business in the 2400 block of Newport Boulevard. Four victims were transported to local hospitals, where one man later died.

On Friday, NBPD, who investigated this case, arrested the defendant on four counts of sale/transportation of a controlled substance, sale/transportation of ecstasy, misdemeanor false imprisonment and four counts of inflicting great bodily injury.

His bail was set at $500,000.

McLaughlin faces up to 16 years in prison. 

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Take Five: Chip Duncan discusses the fire battle taking place in So Cal


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Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

Q: Fires are raging everywhere in Southern California, again. What are the key things you advise Newport Beach residents during times like these.

A: Fire season is all year long, so folks that border wildland areas need to constantly maintain their ornamental vegetation and comply with the fire code. They also need to make sure rain gutters are clean and debris free. Avoid storing combustible material in close proximity to your home (wood piles etc.). Be prepared in advance with access to important papers, medications and anything else you may need if you are out of your home for an extended period of time. If you are asked to evacuate, don’t hesitate to leave as soon as possible. People waiting until the last minute create issues for incoming fire crews with street access, and diverting fire crews to protect the people who can’t get out because they waited too long.

Q: How and where is NBFD engaged right now fighting fires and how is it decided where and when you go and how many units you send?

A: We currently have three engines and one Battalion Chief assigned to the fires. Two of our engines are on the “Thomas” fire in Ventura, one engine and the Battalion Chief assigned to the “Rye” Fire in Santa Clarita. There is a statewide system managed by the office of emergency services (OES) that coordinates the deployment of resources to emergencies. At the local level, we have a preset number of units that we wills send. When we do send out units, we assemble them into a strike team configuration of five engines with a chief officer leader. Our strike teams draw units from Newport Beach and other cities in Orange County. This ensures that we do not adversely affect fire station coverage within any one jurisdiction.

Q: When we send units to fight these fires who bears the costs?

A: The State of California bears the cost of fighting the fire if is not on federal land. OES administers the California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA), which is the funding mechanism for emergency operations.

Q: How do you ensure that Newport Beach is still safe should a disaster occur here at the same time?

A: This starts well in advance of any emergency, with the city council and city management that support public safety by ensuring we have the equipment and resources to deal with large-scale emergencies. We are very fortunate, because our elected officials and city management do support public safety, and they understand the complexities of emergency operations. The Newport Beach Fire Department also has a system in place to recall off-duty personnel quickly and place reserve equipment in service to replace units sent out on immediate need requests. The day will come when we will need the help of our neighbors when we have a large emergency, so it pays to be a good neighbor in advance.

Q: This is what you guys get paid for, are these exciting times or distressing times?

A: Unfortunately, this is the new normal, but we have learned how to deal with it. This threat is ever involving, so we are constantly reevaluating how we respond and operate on these types of events. I would have to say that the operative words for us are vigilance and preparation. We must be ready to manage a large-scale incident and fulfill our responsibility to protect the public.


Fair Game


Muldoon finishes “good” term…is Duffy next? 

TomJohnsonTomorrow night Mayor Kevin Muldoon will pass the gavel and leadership of the city over to one of his cohorts. It will be a mostly ceremonial Newport Beach City Council meeting with the naming of our new mayor and mayor pro tem as the primary agenda item.

The schedule is Closed Session – 6 p.m., Regular Meeting – 6:30 p.m., and Reorganization – 7 p.m.

First of all, kudos to Muldoon for a very good year at the helm. While controversy surrounded the Council, with issues like the Museum House and the Recall of Scott Peotter, Muldoon kept the meetings on track and fast paced for the most part. I also thought he showed attentive listening skills and respect to the public from the dais.

Will he come back around as mayor again in the future? It wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen.

So, what’s going to happen tomorrow? The money is on Marshall “Duffy” Duffield to be named mayor. I don’t know whose money, but you get the drift.

What about the others? Muldoon, it’s too soon; Diane Dixon, still too soon; Scott Peotter, c’mon, not now; Brad Avery, too new; Jeff Herdman has taken the helm of the aviation effort, but he’s still the odd man out; which brings us to Will O’Neill. He’s the pick for mayor pro tem and next in line to the throne.

Should be a fun council to cover in 2018. Duffy always has a way of making things entertaining.

So once the meeting adjourns, there’s an after-party, so to speak, put on by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Back Bay Bistro. It’s actually called the Newport Beach Mayor’s Reception.

It’s a cool event because of the crowd it attracts.

In addition to recognizing Muldoon, the new mayor and mayor pro tem, the chamber also presents their Silver Anchor Award Recipients and their Ambassador of the Year.

If you haven’t been there, the Back Bay Bistro is in the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

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I’m told that on the Recall of Scott Peotter front that the signature approvals will come to City Hall at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. That means it will be agendized in January and an election date set forth.

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It’s the end of the college football season. Th e Heisman Trophy was presented yesterday in New York; Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma won. But that’s not the local angle. The local angle is that Newport Beach has its own prestigious college award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to the top college defensive player.

Josey Jewell of Iowa was named the 2017 Lott winner last night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Former USC and San Francisco 49er great and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott was on hand to present the award named in his honor.


Stump the Stu

Fish on…ho, ho, ho

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We’re in the Christmas spirit, obviously, by giving you this gift-wrapped present. Where oh where can our Fishing Santa be found? This should be easy.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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School Notes

Committee proposes NMUSD move to collegiate calendar


The Calendar Review Committee, comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators and employee bargaining units, typically develops calendar recommendations two to three years in advance of implementation. For the past few years, the Committee has discussed the concept of a collegiate calendar; the school year starting prior to Labor Day with the first semester ending prior to winter break.

Starting this fall, the Committee met five times to explore and consider a collegiate calendar. The Committee began by seeking anecdotal data from the school community. A survey was circulated to obtain input related to the concept of a Collegiate Calendar. Five information meetings were hosted to share and clarify particulars of the Fact Sheet and gather input from staff, parents and students.

The Committee carefully weighed these components prior to coming to a recommendation. When reviewing the information gathered, the Committee found that the responses on the survey varied with overall results indicating most respondents did not support the move to a collegiate calendar. Analyzing subgroups from elementary, middle and high school respondents, there was a gradual increase of support for the change (please see attached survey results). Comments collected during the information meetings identified multiple benefits for students, numerous concerns regarding heat in the classrooms of those schools without heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and the timeline for implementation. While there has been a systematic plan for HVAC installation since 2013, the plan beyond the summer of 2018 was not available during the time of the survey and information meetings. The complete installation plan for all remaining schools was shared during the Nov. 14, 2017 Board Meeting.

After extensive analysis and discussions, the Committee recognized significant student benefits of a collegiate calendar particularly when they reach the secondary level and acknowledged the primary concern expressed by many stakeholders for HVAC to be installed at all school sites. The Committee considered the new information provided in the HVAC plan to address the concerns regarding heat and explored ways to provide students the benefits of the collegiate calendar. The Committee ultimately determined moving to a collegiate calendar was in the best interest of students. Implementing it three years from now would address concerns related to HVAC installation and create more time to plan for the transition.

The Calendar Review Committee has made the following recommendations and will meet to design the details of the calendars, which will move forward to the District and NMFT negotiation teams:

A traditional calendar for the 2018-2019 school year (Adopted October 10, 2017)

A traditional calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

A collegiate calendar for the 2020-2021 school year

Upon completion of negotiations and approval by the Board of Education, the adopted calendars will be made public.

Survey results

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The harbor will shine brighter during the Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

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Paradise Found took First Place in 2016 for Humor & Originality

More than a million viewers will watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, along with lit up homes, restaurants, yacht clubs and businesses for the annual Ring of Lights, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The boat parade will run nightly from December 13 - 17 starting at Lido Isle at 6:30 p.m. and end there at 9 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show on the first evening will take to the skies at 6:15 p.m.; on the final night, the fireworks will be set off at 9 p.m., launched from the Balboa Pier. Parade participants will convene at the southern end of Lido Isle, with the first public viewing destination at Marina Park. Since Marina Park has become a popular place to watch the event, the route was changed to pass the park early in the evening at approximately 6:49 p.m. The parking lot offers 177 parking spaces; paid parking expires at 6 p.m. No overnight parking is allowed.

Opening Night Grand Marshal is Vicki Gunvalson from “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Arrive early for best viewing and parking; and download the parade route map for the public viewing locations, detailed destination times, and parking and public restroom locations.

Best Overall for Ring of Lights

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Best Overall, 2016 for the Ring of Lights

Officially closing out the parade, the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. A fun night of food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year, it is also the evening that celebrates all of the winners of the 2017 Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.

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Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

Happy almost-Christmas Boat Parade time to you. That starts Wednesday the 13th, you know. Be prepared for good times, good decorations, good friends, and not-so-good traffic.

This coming Tuesday, December 12 is the last official regular Council meeting of 2017. Hard to believe we’re already there. At this meeting, not a lot happens besides some important ceremonial moves. As this is not a year where we had a Council election, we have no newcomers nor folks terming out.  

Starting at 6:30 p.m., there are some very minor business items, one being the 2nd Reading of the rescinding of the approvals for Banning Ranch. Why is this coming up again? Glad you asked.   

This is a good chance to remind folks of the arcane rules about ordinances versus

resolutions versus other actions. An ordinance is typically (but not always) an action that amends the municipal code (in Banning Ranch’s case, the development approvals being rescinded include lots of things, some being changes made in 2012 to the Zoning Code). Remember that the Municipal Code itself spells out our local laws relating to everything from parking to fire and building codes to the harbor to nuisances to zoning. When the Council amends the Muni Code, they do it via two nearly identical actions (called 1st Reading or Introduction and then 2nd Reading). This is in part to allow more transparency and in part to allow the Council to reconsider or change an action before it becomes law. A Muni Code change does not take effect until 30 days following an affirmative vote at 2nd Reading.

The City Charter give additional roles to ordinances, requiring that franchises and new fines and penalties be adopted by ordinance. This too is a two-step process. The Council only adopts about 25-35 ordinances in any one year. 

A resolution is different. It is not an action that amends the Code, but it does express a formal determination by the Council of a policy, adopting a fee, stating an intention to apply for a grant, a budget’s adoption, certain personnel changes and more. Resolutions only have one vote, and they typically become effective upon adoption. Last year the Council adopted about 130 resolutions, though we’re on track for less in 2017.

There. You now know more about ordinances and resolutions and are half asleep. So am I.

So back to the December 12th meeting. After the Banning Ranch business item, we go to the annual reorganization. The reorganization goes like this:

The mayor for 2017, Kevin Muldoon, is recognized for his service, and will offer his thoughts as he concludes that role, Then,

Council takes nominations for the mayor’s position for 2018, and takes a vote. Oftentimes only one Council member is nominated before nominations are closed.

With the new mayor taking the gavel and the center seat, he or she takes nominations for the vice-mayor or mayor pro tem position (and another vote is taken). The vice-mayor then takes the seat to the mayor’s right.

Everyone else picks their 2018 seats, with the Council members next in seniority picking first, by alphabetical order of their first pet’s name if two or more have the same seniority. Or their own last name, whatever.

The new mayor gets to make some remarks.

The meeting ends and off everyone goes to eat. City staff breathes a sigh of relief and imbibes in a few drinks (afterward, of course – what were you thinking?) as another year of meetings is under the belt.

A few notes:

Thank you to all who have attended the two Open Forums on the airport in recent days and weeks. We’ve had strong discussions and I have appreciated the good questions and comments. I know Council Member (Jeff) Herdman has as well. Just as an update for all, the last known FAA NextGen adjustment at JWA was made on Thursday, December 7, as the plane routes going to two destinations (Las Vegas and Salt Lake City – the FINZZ) were shifted very slightly west. While we didn’t see evidence of this until Friday, December 8, as we were in Santa Ana reverse flow conditions, the shift did happen according to our review of a handful of flights Friday afternoon. For those who want further updates on JWA, the Aviation Committee meets on Monday, December 11, at 4 p.m. at the Community Room at City Hall.

The Christmas Boat Parade (as noted) starts on Wednesday, December 13th and occurs through Sunday, December 17th. With fireworks on the first and last days. More details are at

By the end of this month, I have to say goodbye to another Department Director at the City. 2017 was a year that saw some retirements that I really didn’t want to see – that of Community Development Director Kim Brandt and now Utilities Guru George Murdoch. George is a remarkable man and leader, and he’s one of those people that I knew, if George was around, things were going to be OK. He led us through the drought. He would be the guy up in the middle of the night at a water main break, supervising a flooded street, or even that night this summer when a sea wall (or lack thereof) on Newport Island was in the news. If you didn’t know George, you knew his work – it was in the quality of your water service, the way we didn’t have to worry about wastewater spills, how your streetlights went on when they were supposed to, and much more. George has been with the City since 1980, starting as a $5.44/hour refuse worker. He retires about 38 years later, as one of the most well-liked and respected department directors we’ve had here. Fortunately, he has been good about sharing his knowledge, so we’ll be OK. I think. I will still miss him a great deal.

A reminder that City Hall takes a few days off between Christmas and New Year’s, so the Civic Center will be closed during the week of December 25 all the way to Monday, January 1, 2018. The Newport Beach Public Library has different hours, and is open in a limited way that week – check the Library’s Holiday Hours at before you go. I hope that you and your families have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and good and safe holidays overall.          

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 


Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour was a seasonal gem

200 Collins exterior shot Outdoor Nativity scene

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200 Collins showcases an outdoor Nativity scene 

I joined the 21st Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour yesterday on Sunday, Dec. 10, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and what a joyous way to spend the day!

The tour featured six uniquely decorated island homes and cottages, as well as the firehouse. They truly sparked holiday cheer.

Exterior shot of 207 Amethyst Amethyst tree

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207 Amethyst with lighthouses out front featured a Christmas tree with myriad handmade ornaments

Two of the residences were located on Little Island at 309 and 330 East Bay Front. The others were on 207 Amethyst Ave., 111 Sapphire Ave., 315 Ruby Ave., and 200 Collins Ave., along with fire station #4 at 124 Marine Ave.

Exterior shot of 111 Sapphire Wooden snowman

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111 Sapphire was rebuilt in 1999 and features pecan wood floors and harbor views

At the cottage on 323 East Bay Front, an opportunity drawing took place to win artwork of that home by Mary Kay Crowley. Tickets to participate in the tour were $35.

315 Ruby interior Outside fountain

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315 Ruby is a Craftsman built with materials from the Back Bay and was filled with holiday décor throughout

The Holiday Home Walking Tour was sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.  

323 East Bay Front exterior shot Painting on easel

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323 East Bay Front cottage was built in 1937 and featured an opportunity drawing of a painting of the home by Mary Kay Crowley

309 East Bay Front tabletop train

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309 East Bay Front, built circa 1931, where the owner puts the tabletop train together in October

Antique fire truck

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A 1920s fire truck at station #4

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Guest Column

Stasha Speaks!

Gift giving ideas for those special doggies on your list 

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Ho! Hoi! Ho! Stasha posing in a Santa hat and holiday neck scarf…woof

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and there are dos and don’ts when it comes to picking gifts for the special doggies in your life. And just like Oprah, I have “My Favorite Things” list for holiday gift giving.

Though gift food baskets full of yummy treats may be a good idea for the humans on your list, it’s not so much so for dogs. Many of us are on strict diets and changing them even slightly can result in upset tummies and messy pooh. Please check with owners before giving any food items to pets. 

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Exercise caution when you purchase plush toys

Dogs love plush toys, but there can be hidden dangers here, so you need to be cautious in your selections. Avoid ones that have sewn on items like buttons and such that can be chewed off and become choking hazards for us. Holiday red collars with bells are a pet peeve of mine. They might look cute, but will drive you and us crazy within cross them off your list.

Clothing is always a good choice, but again be mindful of what you select. Coats with Velcro closures on the chest and underbelly are easy to put on, comfortable for us, and more apt to fit than those with zippers or cumbersome closures. My buddies and I love sweaters as the weather chills.  

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(L-R): Nacho, Rocco and Stasha show that sweaters are welcome gifts for doggies when the weather turns chilly

Hanging with my newly adopted brother Rocco and our pal Nacho this week, we all went to our favorite store, Petco, and got matching Christmas sweaters and shopped for gifts. One item to stay away from is “stupid” Santa head gear. Though temptingly cute, dogs hate them.  

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Stasha in a Santa hat with her Mom; the hat stayed on for a nano second

One good idea we found was this holiday bed set. They also had a good selection of plush blankets which are always an appreciated gift. Petco also has “Photos with Santa Days” at local stores. Check the website for times and dates in December. One hundred percent of your $9.95 donation benefits local homeless pets in your community, through the Petco Foundation.

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This is a cozy and warm pet bed that any of my furry canines would enjoy

And speaking of photos, another great gift idea for your whole family is a holiday photo session with Dogma Pet Portraits,, located at 1727 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Call 714.642.9021. It’s not too late to get your Christmas card pics taken. 

Rocco Mom and Stasha

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(L-R): Rocco, Mom and Stasha at Dogma Pet Portraits


Stasha Speaks! will appear periodically in StuNewsNewport. 

About Town HR


Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods filled with merriment and seasonal cheer

Liam and Santa

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Liam, age 9, is sharing Christmas wishes with Santa

This year’s Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods was filled with lots of merriment and seasonal cheer. Adding to the festivities, Santa came down from the North Pole to greet youngsters from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and was available for photos. There was a mailbox nearby where kids could mail their personal letters to Santa, before sitting on Jolly Old St. Nick’s lap and then receiving a candy cane.

Kathy Shaw joins the Salvation Army

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Kathy Shaw with Seaside Gallery and the Salvation Army greet guests

Tasty offerings included a variety of cookies, icing-topped muffins, panettone, Chex Party Mix, coffee, and champagne and orange juice to make mimosas.

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Emily Kaszton of Kasz Creations shares one of her Newport Beach aerial drone art pieces

The Salvation Army Orange County was on hand in front of the storefront. The shop was filled with a variety of home décor and accessories; a charming children’s section filled with toys, books, clothing and bedding; artwork & paintings, linens, pillows and quilts; container gardens, and so much more.

Victoria and Minh

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(L-R): Victoria Velasquez and Minh Pham of Forever Glamorous demonstrated how to apply LipSense lip colors and gloss

A percentage of all sales from the open house will be donated to designated charities as selected by each store.

Holly Winn Willmer

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Artist Holly Winn Willmer with her alcohol ink creations, from jewelry to artwork and notecards. Her next workshop at Seaside Gallery takes place on December 16. 

Michelle Bendetti

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Michelle Bendetti of Bramble & Bramble Candles with her aromatic soy wax candles

Home Decor

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Charming home décor and accessories fill the shop

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Visit the website at for additional information and drop by to see all their holiday offerings – perfect for gift giving.

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Named 2017 “Restaurant of the Year” by the OCCA

Chef Yvon Goetz

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Executive Chef Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Known for bringing a taste of the Wine Country to the heart of Orange County, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Newport Beach has been named 2017 “Restaurant of the Year” by the Orange County Concierge Association (OCCA). The Winery Restaurant was also given this title in 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016, making the restaurant a six-time award winner since opening in 2007.

The OCCA is a fellowship of concierges from Orange County’s finest hotels, which include 4- and 5-Diamond rated resorts such as The Resort at Pelican Hill, Montage Laguna Beach, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. For more than 30 years, the concierges of this prestigious organization have been the knowledge experts to Orange County’s world-renowned destinations and attractions, and serve as ambassadors to the more than a half-million visitors to the area each year.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for the sixth time since joining the Orange County dining landscape 10 years ago,” said JC Clow, founding partner at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. “My partners and I have been privileged to work with many of these concierges for more than two decades now, and we believe that they have come to understand our ongoing commitment to excellence. Now, as we grow to three Southern California locations, we have even more appreciation for the tremendous support and recognition of our concierge friends – to be selected as the one restaurant that not only meets, but exceeds, their criteria for excellence is something to be celebrated by our entire team.”

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

For more information about restaurant locations in Newport Beach, Tustin and La Jolla (coming soon), including address, hours, menus, reservations and private dining options, visit

You Must Remember This: Hang 1


In the days of black and white television, westerns were a staple of the medium.  Hopalong Cassidy, The Cisco Kid, Crash Corrigan, Wild Bill Hickock were only some of the programs. The emphasis was on action, not banter, with a steady diet of men saddling up and galloping off. “Stick ‘em up!” and “Draw!” were dialogue staples. The only memorable lines I remember were catch phrases like “Hey, Pancho! Hey, Cisco,” or “Wait for me, Wild Bill!” yelled by Jingles, played by Andy Devine. Our childhood games, based on what we had been watching, were western-oriented with a lot of running and shooting. It was particularly nice to have a real gun for the shooting part, not just your finger, and if it was a cap gun? Cowabunga, as a different pastime would exclaim.

On this particular day, we decided we would do a chase. We would have a bad guy, and we’d have a posse to pursue the bad guy. As bad guy, we designated Joanne. In any group of children, you tend to have at least one odd-kid out. Joanne was ours. If she wanted to play, she had to do whatever she was told, and she understood her role.  She dutifully robbed the bank and took off, we formed the posse and gave chase, and soon we captured her. That was usually the end of the game, but that day for some reason, we decided to go to the punishment phase. The programs we watched didn’t often bother with a judge and jury, and we didn’t, either. Without much discussion, we decided to hang her. After all, that’s what they did in so many of the westerns we watched. Someone went and got a rope, we tied a noose, threw the rope over a tree branch, put the noose around Joanne’s neck and prepared to hoist her. The scary part of it is, nobody protested the hanging, not even Joanne. There was some connection we weren’t making. We’d hang her and then – we’d all do something else, including Joanne. Fortunately, at the critical moment, another kid ran up and said there was a dead cat down the street, and we all ran off to see it and forgot about the hanging.  Joanne lived, and the rest of us didn’t end up in the juvenile court system branded as fiendish thrill killers, although I’m pretty sure that if we had pulled on the rope and seen the actual reality we would have stopped. Hopefully.

With this kind of background, imagine my excitement when my parents became friends with Andy Devine or rather, Jingles, which is how I knew him from Wild Bill Hickock. I suppose I realized he was an actor and that actors play roles, but I still expected to meet Jingles. Instead, I met an actor with an impressive list of film, television and theater roles. In fact, speaking of theater, in his later years he became the go-to guy to play Cap’n Andy in any production of Show Boat. His house, a few lots from the Harbor Island bridge, was the scene of innumerable card games between the Gardners and Devines, made especially memorable by the meals prepared by Doagie, his wife and a true foodie, although that term wouldn’t be invented for several decades.


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Letters to the Editor:

Do some get more than their fair share?

Newport Beach District 6 City Council Candidate Joy Brenner addressed the Planning Commission last week with some concerns. This is a transcript.

My concern this evening is not primarily the 2706 Ocean Blvd. project, but about the city policies and procedures which have made this another lightning rod to our citizens.  

After attending many meetings on this project with concerned citizens,

city planning staff and even representatives of the builder, I’ve come away

amazed at the confusion over what the owner is legitimately allowed to build, and further amazed at what has been proposed in the way of variances. Small variances are understandable, excessive variances are not.

Understanding how to calculate Floor Area Ratio, even on irregular lots, such as this, should not be this difficult to determine, yet we have spent hours upon hours trying to get to the accurate number.   

BUT the ratio I am most concerned with is the ratio between Perception and Reality. Many, if not most, of our citizens have the perception that our city is not protecting us. We see buildings around us that have pushed the limits so far, we believe they MUST have cheated. 

WE DESERVE BETTER! Our citizens should not have to monitor our City’s actions at each and every turn. We need our city representatives to enact policies which are absolutely fair, transparent, understandable, totally above board and to have all those in positions of responsibility follow them to the letter and spirit of the law.  

This not only protects the city, but also the builders, property owners and 

other residents.  

It should not take an applicant one-and-a-half years, as this project has, to know what they are allowed to build and it should not take that many hours of city staff time, but MOSTLY it should not take EXCESSIVE VIGILANCE by our citizens to make sure no special privilege is being granted to one homeowner over another. 

ALL of our PROPERTY RIGHTS have to be protected from those who want more than their fair share.  

Our zoning laws need to be so fair and so transparent that citizens can easily determine whether they are being interpreted fairly, or whether special privilege is being granted.

MANY, if not most, of our citizens have lost faith in our city representatives and their willingness to stand up for us. I believe most of you have read the temperature of our community and IT IS HOT! Many of us are interested in city government and how it works and we enjoy fostering understanding on issues such as this.  

But, there are a LOT of citizens who are extremely irritated that every time they turn around, it seems another building project is pushing the limits of not only our infrastructure but of our quality of life.  

The city planning staff has gone out of their way to meet with and help us understand the complexities of this particular project and I believe that is a sign of changing times. One of our citizens said recently, that we should get rid of the building officials and just put a rubber stamp on the counter. I don’t believe that, but if our citizens have that perception, then our electeds, their appointees and our city staff have to be vigilant in not only changing that perception, but of changing the climate which fosters that perception.

Thank you for your time, attention and service to our community!

Joy Brenner

City Council Candidate, District 6

El Cholo owner to take over Ritz Seafood restaurant space

Ron Salisbury, owners of the El Cholo restaurants throughout Southern California, has signed a lease to take over the closed Ritz Prime Seafood property that shut its doors in late March 2017. He plans to open a casual Italian steakhouse serving prime steaks, classic pastas and salads. Overlooking the waterfront, the restaurant’s name is yet to be determined.

When the new eatery opens at 2801 W. Coast Highway, which is expected to occur in nine months, boats less than 10 feet will be welcomed for a dock & dine experience.

Motorcycle safety enforcement this week


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As part of the grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department is conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, Dec. 15. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. 

Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California, showing a 28 percent increase over the decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years. California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning, and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.

During the past five years in the City of Newport Beach, 133 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles and, tragically, three people lost their lives. The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of their surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to share the road safely.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders: see and be seen; use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room; watch your speed to surrounding traffic; always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly colored protective clothing; ride with lights on, even during daylight hours

Safety tips for drivers: share the road; look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes; remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage.

Motorcycle riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 1.877.RIDE411 (1.877.743.3411).

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fiesta Navidad returns to Segerstrom Center

Fiesta Navidad

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Holiday favorite Fiesta Navidad, featuring Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 21 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This annual celebration also includes dancing by Folklor Pasión Mexicana and Las Posadas, the honored Latino Christmas tradition that reenacts Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. This colorful and beloved holiday concert is an event to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Fiesta Navidad is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Tickets to Fiesta Navidad start at $29 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Goop Gift Newport Beach is here for the holidays

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From now through Sunday, Dec. 24, goop GIFT has set up shop in Lido Marina Village, with the goal of making seasonal shopping as stress-free as possible, as their editors and buyers have done all the hard work for you, and with 12 personality-driven gifting categories. And this includes pets!

Whether you need a special gift or token for that health-conscious individual, the cook, the dreamer, the host, or that significant other in your life, they’ve got you covered. Shoppers will find everything that is featured in the goop gift guides URL, alongside the very best of the goop shop regarding skincare, homewares, clothing and accessories.

The Newport Beach outpost operates as a one stop shop. Once you’ve completed your shopping, enjoy the convenience of in-store wrapping, personalization and local delivery to your home.

Goop Gift Newport Beach is located at 3446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. Call 949.612.8461. Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to keep MOTOWN THE MUSICAL from coming to town

MOTOWN Supremes

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(L-R): Jasmine Maslanova-Brown (Florence Ballard), Trenyce (Diana Ross) and Quiana Holmes (Mary Wilson) star as the Supremes in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, and Motown Founder Berry Gordy are proud to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is returning to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only December 19 - 24, 2017. 

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

For more information, visit

Newport Beach youngsters to take the stage in “The Nutcracker”

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“The Nutcracker” ballet graces the stage in Segerstrom Hall, December 7 - 17

One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker with music by performed by Pacific Symphony. It is being choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic.

Go behind the curtain and you will discover four young actors from Newport Beach who will be performing in this much-acclaimed ballet from December 7 - 17. They are among the 57 youngsters from approximately 27 different communities across Southern California who will showcase their talents playing the parts of Clara, Mice and Soldiers.

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(L-R): Front row: Owen McLarand, Ava McLarand, Stella Stulik and Alexandra Orradre; Back row: ABT Dance Master Kenneth Easter and ABT Dance Mistress Sarah Jones

Each of our four local young performers has attended the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The School follows the ABT’s National Training Curriculum, a ballet program designed specifically for children ages 3 and older. This unique curriculum promotes discipline and creativity, encouraging students to reach their highest potential while building a safe and solid foundation in ballet technique.

Meet our young talent: Stella Stulik, Alexandra Orradre, Owen McLarand and sister Ava McLarand.

Stella Stulik, age 10. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Stulik joined the ABT’s William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2017. She is extremely excited to be cast as a Fairy in Ratmansky’s Nutcracker along with her cousin, Alexandra Orradre.

Alexandra Orradre, age 10. After attending ABT’s 2017 Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Orradre joined the ABT’s William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2017. Like her cousin, she has also been cast as a Fairy.

Owen McLarand and the Party Scene cast

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Owen McLarand (second from left) practices with the Party Scene cast

Owen McLarand, age 11. Owen made his Segerstrom Center debut as a supernumerary in Mariinsky Ballet’s production of Raymonda. Later that year, after watching his older sister, Ava McLarand perform in The Nutcracker in 2015, he asked his mom to sign him up for ballet classes. He then joined the ABT William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts one month later. Since starting ballet two years ago, he had the pleasure of playing a Cupcake Kid in the World Premier of ABT’s Whipped Cream with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. He also has understudied the role of Little Mouse and this year is playing a Party Boy in the ballet.

Ava McLarand and the Party Scene cast

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Ava McLarand (standing in the center) and the Party Scene cast

Ava McLarand, age 15. Ava joined the ABT William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts during its inaugural year. She has attended ABT’s summer intensives for the past two years and has had the opportunity to be cast in The Nutcracker for three years in a row. She is playing a Party Girl and dances in the Polichinelles number (She is among the children who come out from under Mother Ginger’s skirt). In 2016, she was chosen to play Clara.

The Nutcracker performances take place in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets start at $29 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Sherman Library & Gardens shares tips for beautiful poinsettias


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A Christmas decor staple, poinsettias are found at the Sherman Library & Gardens as well as around the world. But, these wonderfully festive plants can be a bit tricky. To make sure your poinsettias look as fabulous as those at the Gardens, here are a few tips on how to choose and care for your own.

When you are picking and caring for poinsettias, keep the following points in mind:

Check for broken branches. Poinsettias are naturally brittle plants that break easily in transit. Make sure the branches are intact, with no cracked limbs.

Check the flowers. The poinsettia flowers are tiny, yellow flowers in the center of the showy bract. Make sure they’re not opened yet so the plant will last longer.

Remove the sleeve. These are arid, subtropical plants that need good air circulation and excellent drainage to thrive.

Do not over water. The compost surface should be slightly dry before you water again. However, when you do water, water the plant thoroughly and ensure free drainage. Do not let the compost dry completely.

Avoid drafty, cold locations. Do not place near windows or doors or under vents where cold air will blow directly on them. Poinsettias prefer warmer air.

Give them light. Poinsettias prefer bright light during the winter flowering season. 

Happy gardening and may your poinsettias thrive this holiday season!

Lido Theatre brings in a classic for the holidays

Its a Wonderful Life

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Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, Friday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. nightly, with additional 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7 p.m. movie showing.

Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theatre is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite over the years. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 

The Lido Theatre is located in Via Lido Plaza at 3459 Via Lido Way, off Newport Boulevard, in Newport Beach. 

Tickets for children ages 2 - 11, and seniors ages 61 and better are $9; with matinee showings $9.50, students and military with ID are $10; and adult tickets after 5 p.m. are $11.50. To purchase tickets, or for more information visit the website at or call 949.673.8350.

Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Chip Fesko, Continuing through January 5, 1018. The exhibit includes 14 watercolors created using up to 10,000 quarter-inch squares per painting, all bursting with pixel-like squares of color. The series on exhibit took five years to complete. Inspiration for Fesko’s artwork comes from many different directions. Awarded second place in the Watercolor Category at the 2017 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Fesko’s “The Power of Gold,” was inspired by the accomplishments of Olympic athletes from the Summer Olympics. Another work on display, “Tibetan Prayer Flags,” is an abstract depiction of flags flying in the wind, representing the five elements: blue for sky, white for air, red for fire, green for water and yellow, symbolizing the earth. The artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Chip Fesko

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Preschool Storytime at Marina Park, December 11 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Library staff presents stories, songs and crafts to inspire literacy, dramatic play and musical fun. Geared to ages 3 - 5. No registration required. Takes place at Marina Park Preschool Room, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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SCORE Workshop: Developing a Winning Business Plan, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. A Business Plan is an important document for raising start-up capital, helping you to monitor progress and achieving your goals. When done correctly, it is a “living” document and tool that will help you manage the business beyond start-up. We will help you prepare a realistic plan that will document your vision, goals and strategy. No business should be started or maintained without a Plan. The key is an understanding of what should be included and how to capture the reader’s interest in a concise but interesting way. Having a difficult time with the financial section? Your presenter will help you understand the three financial statements and how they relate to risk and performance. He will take the mystery out of forecasting. Jim Chamberlain of SCORE presents this workshop. He has an MBA and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group, Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. December 13 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Meet Florence Gordon, a blunt, brilliant feminist. At 75, Florence wants to be left alone to write her memoir and shape her legacy. But when her son and his family come to visit, they embroil Florence in their dramas and threaten her coveted solitude. Marked with searing wit, sophisticated intelligence and a tender respect for humanity, Florence Gordon is cast with a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them is Florence herself, who can humble fools with a single barbed line, but who eventually finds that there are some realities even she cannot outwit. The group is free and reservations are not required. Authors are not present unless noted. Everyone is welcome. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Winter Craft-o-Rama, December 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Welcome the winter season with sparkly craft fun. Geared to kids K-4th grade. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Winter Crafts

Preschool Storytime at Marina Park, December 18 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Library staff presents stories, songs and crafts to inspire literacy, dramatic play and musical fun. Geared to ages 3 - 5. No registration required. Takes place at Marina Park Preschool Room, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Winter Crafts, December 19 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate the season by making some fun winter crafts. Geared to ages 3 - 8. No registration is required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Funded by Friends of the Library. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.


Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Mark Christopher Martinez, 60, Newport Beach – Thursday, December 7

Pedro Angel Diazichagavia, 37, Trabuco Canyon – Wednesday, December 6

Incident Reports

Thursday, December 7

Fern Street I 200 Block I Willful Cruelty to Child

11:40 p.m. Todd Bradley Moore, 47, Newport Beach, charged with willful cruelty to a child. Bail set at $500.

Newport Center Drive I 100 Block I Shoplifting

9:11 p.m. Joyce Hyun Park, 25, Cerritos, charged with shoplifting less than $950. Bail set at $950.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Parole Violation

7:57 p.m. Dale Ira Haviland, Jr., 52, Santa Ana, charged with a parole violation. No bail set.

N. Wilshire Ave. I 200 Block I Anaheim I Burglary

4:00 p.m. David Arthur Labrousse, 50, Anaheim, charged with residential burglary with forced entry. Bail set at $50,000.

Whiting Ave. I 100 Block I Fullerton I Controlled Substance, Identity Theft and Burglary

2:44 p.m. Cari Suzanne Moore, 35, Anaheim, charged with possession of controlled substance, identity theft and commercial burglary for fraud or forgery. Bail set at $20,000.

Harbor Blvd. I 200 Block I La Habra I Burglary, Identity Theft and Receiving Stolen Property

11:43 a.m. David Alfred Chiarle, 44, Villa Park, charged with residential burglary with forced entry, identity thet nd receiving stolen property. Bail set at $50,000.

Waterfront Drive I 2200 Block I Obstruction and Sleeping in Vehicle

11:26 a.m. Jeanne Maria Tkach, 49, Seal Beach, charged with obstruction of a peace officer and sleeping in a vehicle. Bail set at $500.

Santa Barbara Drive & Jamboree Road I Warrant

11:34 a.m. Carla Esthermar Sanchez, 29, Bell Garden, charged with a warrant related to appropriating lost property. Bail set at $5,000.

W. Coast Highway I 6400 Block I Taking Auto w/o Consent

9:50 a.m. William Ralph Bogert, 55, Dana Point, charged with taking an auto without owner’s consent. Bail set at $20,000.

Wednesday, December 6

Newport Center Drive I 100 Block I Defrauding an Innkeeper

10:48 p.m. Amber Nicole Harrison, 33, Costa Mesa, charged with defrauding an innkeeper for $950 or less. Bail set at $500.

Newport Center Drive I 700 Block I Burglary and Warrant

3:53 p.m. Shabnam Sattari Sherzai, 28, Lake Elsinore, charged with commercial burglary with shoplifting greater than $950 and a warrant related to littering. Bail set at $20,500.

W. Coast Highway I 800 Block I Controlled Substance and Obstruction

10:38 a.m. Arrash Shawn KakVand, 33, Irvine, charged with possession of controlled substance and obstruction to a peace officer. Bail set at $2,500.

N. Crown Drive I Narcotics, Paraphernalia, Appropriate Lost Property, Burglary Tools and Identity Theft

12:58 a.m. Leah Natalie Zarian, 27, Newport Beach, charged with possession of narcotics, possession or unlawful paraphernalia, appropriate lost property, possession of burglary tools and identity theft. Bail set at $10,000.

Tuesday, December 5

16th Street I 800 Block I Grand Theft

11:06 p.m. Ranjeet Reddy Paladugu, 40, Irvine, charged with grand theft by an employee. Bail set at $598,500.

Rivoli I 3000 Block I Warrant

10:14 p.m. Paul Anthony Cohoat, 40, Newport Beach, charged with a warrant related to criminal threats. Bail set at $50,000.

Superior Ave. & Placentia Ave. I Warrants

7:02 p.m. Philip Charles Cassera, 51, Costa Mesa, charged with two warrants. No bail set.

Bison Ave. & MacArthur Blvd. I False ID and Failure to Stop for Pedestrian

6:37 p.m. Amber Nicole Harrison, 33, Costa Mesa, charged with false identification to a peace officer and failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Bail set at $500.

Westcliff Drive I 2000 Block I Vandalism, Paraphernalia, Narcotics and Vandalism

6:40 a.m. Arrash Shawn Kakvand, 33, Irvine, charged with vandalism by graffiti, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of narcotics and vandalism with possession of drill. Bail set at $10,000.

Lido Park Drive I Tamper with Vehicle and Paraphernalia

5:06 a.m. Julian Charles White, 35, Coto de Caza, charged with tampering with a vehicle and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.